Tuesday, 21st September 2021

Court to hear writ petition challenging Gotabhaya’s citizenship on Wednesday

Colombo, Oct 02 (BAN/ AD): 3 judge bench of the Court of Appeal will be hearing writ petition challenging the validity of former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Sri Lankan citizenship on Wednesday.

3 judge bench will be comprising of Justices Yasantha Kodagoda, Mahinda Samayawardena and Arjuna Obeysekera of the Court of Appeal. Controller of Immigration and Emigration, Commissioner of the Department of Registration of Persons, Director of the CID Shani Abeysekara and several others who have been named as respondents.

The petition was filed by two civil society activists Prof. Chandraguptha Thenuwara and Gamini Viyangoda. The petitioners have accused that Gotabaya Rajapaksa has obtained a passport and a National Identity Card (NIC) illegally in 2019 although he has US citizenship.

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